Friday, May 30, 2014

The Heart's Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher

book review of The Heart's Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher (Zondervan) by papertapepins

A Colorado beauty abandoned at the altar. A rugged bounty hunter haunted by his past. In this dramatic historical novel by best-selling author Robin Lee Hatcher, two wounded hearts join forces in a pursuit across the Old West. Silver Matlock is a Colorado beauty in search of revenge against the man who stranded her at the altar and fled with the remnant of her family's fortune. She is determined to find the man who betrayed her trust. Jared Newman, rugged as the West itself, is relentless in his pursuit of lawless men---but unable to escape his own tragic past. Hardened by his life as a bounty hunter, he must learn to forgive before he loses his soul. Joining forces, the two set out in search of Silver's betrayer. The handsome but embittered Jared finds himself powerfully drawn to the beautiful woman whose drive for justice equals his own. But lack of honesty keeps Silver and Jared from fully trusting each other, even as a shocking revelation intensifies their pursuit of the cunning---and deadly---quarry.

If you suspend reality for the time being and pretend this might really have happened, it's an entertaining old west story. I couldn't really believe that a girl like Silver, even with her somewhat wild ways, would take off with a man on such a quest, knowing that it would entirely ruin her reputation. Past that, though, it's a fun chase after a mysterious killer who may or may not be tied to the man who left Silver at the altar and took off with her parents' life savings.

I would have liked to see something that really set this story apart from all the other christian fiction westerns out there, but it's pretty run of the mill. At least you know what you're getting. It's a quick read, and makes for a nice escape at the end of a long day. 

I received this book from Litfuse and Zondervan for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own.

About the Author

Robin Lee Hatcher is the bestselling author of 70 books. Her numerous awards include the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. Robin and her husband currently reside in Idaho. For more information, visit

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